Avoid Costly Mis-Hires With Pre-employment Test

May 11, 2024 • 9 min read

Avoid Costly Mis-Hires With Pre-employment Test

Learn how these tests can improve hiring accuracy and ensure you choose the right candidate for the job.

Written by: Stephen Zeng

Your company might be throwing away millions of dollars for no good reason. It’s a sobering thought, but it’s time to face the reality: the failure to detect pre-existing injuries can lead to significant costs, both in terms of workers’ health and financial liabilities for your business. Let’s explore why investing in thorough pre-employment medicals is crucial for your bottom line and your employees’ well-being.

1. Long-Term Savings and Sustainability

By avoiding workplace injuries, businesses can save money not just in the short term but also in the long run. When employees get hurt, companies have to pay for replacement workers, which adds up over time. But if they focus on preventing injuries, they can reduce these replacement costs and save money on insurance premiums. This not only helps financially but also makes the workplace safer and builds a more resilient team.

2. Uncovering the Financial Benefits

In the short term, businesses could cut their Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) in half, which leads to immediate cost savings. And as LTIFR keeps dropping over time, they could see their workers’ compensation insurance costs decrease by as much as 65%. Insurance companies lower premiums when they see fewer injuries happening.

3. Notifying Workers’ Comp Insurer

These assessments serve several crucial purposes for employers:

  • Ensuring Job Suitability: They help determine if a candidate is medically fit for the specific demands of the role.
  • Identifying Health Risks: Assessments reveal any health conditions that could pose risks to the candidate’s safety or that of others in the workplace.
  • Establishing Baseline Health: By obtaining a candidate’s health status before employment begins, employers gain insight into any pre-existing conditions.
  • Compliance with Regulations: In some industries, these assessments are required by law to meet safety standards.

4. Benefits of Pre-Employment Health Assessments

Employers reap numerous benefits from conducting these assessments

  • Enhanced Workplace Safety: Identifying potential health risks early ensures a safer work environment for all employees.
  • Reduced Absenteeism: Early detection of health issues minimises absenteeism due to work-related injuries or illnesses.
  • Cost Savings: By preventing costly workers’ compensation claims, these assessments ultimately save employers money.

5. Understanding Pre-Employment Health Assessments

Pre-employment health assessments involve thorough evaluations conducted by medical professionals before finalising hiring decisions. These assessments encompass various examinations, including medical histories, physical exams, and specialised tests such as hearing and lung function assessments, along with drug and alcohol screening.

6. Types of Pre-employment Screening Services

“By identifying potential health risks, ensuring job suitability, and adhering to industry standards, these assessments contribute to a secure and productive work environment.”

We offer comprehensive pre-employment screening services at AusRehab to ensure the safety and well-being of your workforce. Our services include:

Physical Examination:

  • Conducted by accredited health professionals.
  • Includes range of motion testing and lifting capacity testing.

Audiometry Test:

  • Assessment of hearing ability.

Spirometry Test:

  • Evaluation of lung capacity and function.

Visual Acuity Test:

  • Assessment of vision and colour blindness.

Skin Check:

  • Examination of the skin for signs of abnormality.

Instant Drug & Alcohol Screen:

  • Immediate urine drug screen and breathalyser alcohol screen.

Laboratory Drug & Alcohol Screen:

  • Urine drug and alcohol screen tested at laboratory AS/NZS 4308:2008 and NATA accredited standards.

Silicosis Test:

  • Medical evaluation to determine if an individual has developed silicosis or related lung conditions due to exposure to silica dust.

Flat Travel Fee (Sydney Metro Area):

  • Convenient on-site pre-employment screening available.

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*The details in this article were correct and current when it was written. However, changes in business practices, policies, and other pertinent areas may have occurred since then. Readers should confirm the current validity of the content on their own.

Stephen Zeng
Stephen is the director and the principal writer at AusRehab, leading workplace rehabilitation provider, with a focus on addressing and resolving workplace injuries.

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